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September 2016

School fire risk assessment

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So you need a school fire risk assessment? A good assessor will be able to carry out an assessment to a recognised standard and also help you save money!

The purpose an assessment is to protect persons in the event of a fire. It can also help protect the building and help you comply with fire law. However, too many fire precautions can cost a lot of money, so our team will try to reduce your costs.

Over provision of fire measures include; too many  extinguishers, illuminated fire emergency exits and fire doors which were not needed. There are just a few examples we found in the last three school fire risk assessment visits we carried out.

Our team can provide fire risk assessments that are either PAS 79 ( a national standard) or a similar report that uses a traffic light risk rating. This will help managers spot the higher risk problems  and also how quickly  they must be put right.

Our school fire risk assessment history

We have carried out hundreds of fire risk assessments in schools. We have been commissioned to carry out all school assessments for a North London Borough. In addition, we carry our regular fire consultancy for the same department. This has included means of escape surveys and also fire extinguisher distribution reports. We have also liaised with fire protection companies to advise on installations in schools.

In addition to the large commission above, we have also carried out hundreds of fire risk assessments for primary, secondary schools and colleges in London. Some of fire risk assessment visits have then been supplemented by fire training for staff. Since we are an approved fire training centre, our school fire training course is an accredited course.

How is a school fire risk assessment carried out?

Our fire risk assessments are carried out in two parts. First of all we look around the whole building. We look for problems that may cause a fire and also for practices that may cause a fire to spread. Then we look at test records and also fire policies. If you do not have all of the records we will tell you what you need in future.

All of our fire risk assessment team have worked for or still work the fire service as inspecting officers. This means that we can tell you what a London Fire Brigade offer will be looking for when they carry out an audit of your school.

For more information about a school fire risk assessment in your building either call our team or send us an email.

Fire risk assessment – What records will you need to keep?

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Fire risk assessment records

So what fire risk assessment records do you need to keep? We compile a list of what records an assessor will ask for when they carry out an assessment at your workplace.

So here is a list you will need to keep. Why not keep it with your fire safety log?

Firstly, an assessor will for the previous fire risk assessment, fire emergency plan and also any evacuation plans.

In addition, they will ask for maintenance records and tests of fire alarm systems, emergency lighting and fire extinguishers. They will also ask for electrical wiring tests, PAT testing and boiler servicing records. They will also ask for fire training records and details of fire drills carried out. So what else might they ask for? You may or may not have all of these as your building may not be fitted with these features but they may ask for green box security release records, lightning protection tests, sprinkler tests and maintenance and cooker hood cleaning certificates.

Fire risk assessment process

Fire risk assessors will review fire precaution tests and maintenance records as well as procedures and training. They will also conduct an inspection of the building and will ask to look in all rooms and cupboards.

For details of our fire risk assessments in your building call us or email us now!

Fire risk assessment Flats – What do you need?

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We often get fire risk assessment flats questions to our office! So therefore we will try to ask some of the most common questions!

Do I need a fire risk assessment in my flat?

The Fire Safety Order applies to your premises, so you will need a fire risk assessment.

Do the flats in my building need a fire alarm?

The simple answer is yes and also the alarms in the flats need to be linked.

Do we need emergency lighting in the flats?

This will depend on the complexity of the escape route. If the escape route involves a number of hallways and stairs the answer will be; yes it probably will. But if two flats discharge onto a small hallway in converted house you will not need it. This also applies to signs and notices in the premises.

If you are buying or selling a flat you solicitor may ask for a fire risk assessment. Persons should be aware that you will need plenty of time to arrange a fire risk assessment.

These very short answers to fire risk assessment flats questions may help. However if you need more information about fire risk assessments in residential buildings either call us on 0207 419 5001 or send us an email.

Who is the responsible person in a building?

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So, who is the responsible person in a building? We were previously asked by a fire service training department to run and host fire training courses. One course was Fire Safety and the Provision of Emergency Facilities for Disabled People.

The course had persons from a  theatre and also from a conference centre based in central London. The course covered subjects such as the fire law, fire emergency plans, disabled procedures, evacuation methods and evacuation equipment for the use of disabled persons. One person, a manager from the conference centre raised this issue! Who is the responsible person at a conference centre? Is it the Responsible Person of the building? Or is it the person who has hired the room and facilities? Or are there a number of Responsible Persons?

The answer depends on who has control over the building or occupants. The responsible person for the building is required to carry out a fire risk assessment. They would also need fire emergency plans and fire evacuation procedures. In addition, they must maintain the fire safety measures within the building and provide a save environment. The organiser hiring the room would also have a duty in ensuring that any persons needing help received it when required – whether from staff based at the centre or by the organisers.

Our Services

Our team provide a range of service including fire risk assessments and also fire training. This includes fire marshal. fire warden and fire extinguisher training. In addition, we provide tailored training and specialist fire safety courses. Go to our training page for more details.

Fire risk assessment London provide fire training  and assessments. If you require a fire risk assessment or training either email or call on 0207 419 5001 for a no obligation discussion.

Fire risk assessment in London – What records do managers need?

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If you need a fire risk assessment in London, we will ask for records to complete the assessment.

So, what records do managers need to assist the assessment inspection. Firstly, we will inspect the building and this will include all rooms and cupboards. In addition to the physical inspection, we will look at records. Here is a list of what you will need to show the assessor:

  • We will ask to see fire alarm maintenance records and also a record of  weekly tests
  • We also view emergency lighting maintenance and monthly flick test records
  • In addition, we will look at fire extinguisher maintenance contracts and whether there has been a monthly check of extinguishers
  • Other records will include electrical wiring tests, PAT testing and boiler maintenance records
  • Your building may have lightning protection, cooker hoods, suppression systems and other equipment. We will also need to look at maintenance records of this equipment if you have them.
  • In addition, we will view all fire training records and fire drill records

In addition to looking at fire precautions maintenance records, we also look at fire plans and procedures. Your workplace will need the following:

  • A fire emergency plan which should contain as much information as possible about fire precautions and procedures in the workplace. Follow this link for more details of the contents of a fire emergency plan
  • Fire evacuation procedures for all times and for persons at specific risk
  • Disabled fire procedures for persons with reduced mobility, sensory disability, special needs or other conditions that may affect their evacuation

Some managers have all these records, while others may have only a few or none at all. Our assessors will provide you with a full list of records required to help ensure managers meet their legal duties.


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For more information about fire risk assessment in London either follow this link or call us on 0207 419 5001


How often do you need to carry out a fire risk assessment?

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So you know you need to do a fire risk assessment – How often should they be done?

Most managers know that they require a fire risk assessment and also fire emergency plans. However, some may not know when assessments should be reviewed.

A very quick answer is:

  • When there has been a significant change to the building, this is so any new risks can be identified.
  • When there has been a significant change to work practices. This may be either changes in work patterns or numbers of staff, as this may affect the fire evacuation plans.
  • After there has been a fire. Could this have been avoided and also what changes can be made to prevent reoccurrence.
  • On a regular basis. We suggest that most FRAs are reviewed annually, so any minor changes to work practices can be reflected in the new report.

Who should carry out the fire risk assessment review?

If the workplace is small this could be carried out by a manager as the FRA is probably quite sinmple. If the assessor had found many findings it may be worth the assessor carrying out the first review. Some buildings are larger and more complex, so managers may choose a professional assessor to look at the building.

The fire risk assessor will carry out a review and highlight any new  or existing significant findings. Any action required should be in accordance with timeframes provided by the assessor. This is so managers can demonstrate a commitment to fire safety in their workplace if the fire service visit the building.

Our fire risk assessment services

We can provide fire risk assessments that will be found suitable and sufficient by fire service inspectors. Our team provide PAS 79 and PAS 79 style reports to assist managers in meeting their legal duties.

Either call us on 0207 419 5001 or email us for more details of fire risk assessment services.

What should a fire emergency plan include?

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Fire emergency plan

Managers of workplace have a duty to provide a fire risk assessment, but also require a fire emergency plan. There is a common misconception that this is how persons evacuate when there is a fire. A fire emergency plan details many fire safety issues relating to the workplace.

Government guidance provides an overview of the content of a fire emergency plan.  London Fire Brigade also provide good advice on their website.

Plan content

So what should you include in your plan:

  • The action to be taken when discovering a fire – This could include what to do when a person discovers a small fire and also a large blaze. This is because they action required will be very different.
  • Warning if there is a fire – This includes action to be taken on hearing the alarm and how to operate it. Also provide advice on what it sounds like.
  • Calling the fire brigade – Who calls the fire brigade if there is fire in the building.  In addition, is there a different person during out of hours periods.
  • Evacuation of the premises – This will include the normal evacuation plan. There must also be plans for  persons such as contractors, persons with disabilities and those working on their own.
  • Power and process isolation – Does equipment need to be shut such as cookers and also other machinery.
  • Place of assembly and roll call – Where is the assembly point and is there also another secondary point if there is a protracted incident?
  • Liaison with the emergency services – Where will the fire brigade be met and who meets them.
  • Identification of key escape routes – Detailed plans of floor areas so staff know where the nearest exit is.
  • The fire fighting equipment provided – This will include fire extinguishers but may also include suppression systems and sprinklers.
  • Specific responsibilities in the event of fire –  Some persons will have duties in the fire plan. These include fire marshals, the person calling the fire service and also evacuation buddies.
  • Training required – Who will be trained and also how often
  • Provision of information to relevant persons – Telling staff of the plan details and also other  persons such as neighbours or other tenants.

Do you need a fire emergency plan drafted for you?

Our team can help you draft a fire emergency plan so that you help meet your legal duties. Every building is different and so are work practices. Therefore fire emergency plans need to based on individual buildings and the risk in them.

Small organisations can produce smaller plans while larger businesses may need more complex plans. We have provided fire emergency plans for many different organisations. Our team can produce plans specifically for your building. This can often be done in conjunction with a fire risk assessment and therefore can minimise managers time with these issues.

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Fire risk assessments in London

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We supply fire risk assessments in London for small, medium and also large buildings. Our team provides either PAS 79 or PAS 79 style reports.

So, what is the difference between a PAS 79 and PAS 79 style report? PAS 79 is a public standard and many fire brigades audit workplaces and buildings to this standard. Therefore, some managers prefer to have this type of report. Others would rather have visual clues to levels of risk.

Our PAS 79 style fire risk assessments include the same information as the original version but also include a traffic light system for any findings. This allows managers can tell at a glance what level of risk there is in the building!

Our assessors have all undertaken the PAS 79 course when officers in the fire service.  They have provided over one thousand workplace assessments and lots of experience of fire safety. We also provide serving fire officers with advice on a regular basis.

If you need a fire risk assessment for your building in London, either call us or email for a quote or  advice.

We also provide fire emergency and evacuation plans and fire training. Furthermore your FRA findings and plans can be part of any staff  training sessions. You can view our  courses on the links page of this site.

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Fire risk assessments in residential buildings

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The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires for fire risk assessments in residential buildings and also workplaces.

Managers of workplaces will all be aware of the need to carry out a fire risk assessment of their workplace. Landlords or flat owners also require a fire risk assessment.

The common areas of residential buildings need to have a fire risk assessment. This includes internal common areas and also external areas. Furthermore, residential buildings with a balcony approach (covered area that is open on one side) will also need a assessment.

Buying and selling flats or homes

If a person is  selling a flat, a solicitor may ask for a copy of the building fire risk assessment. This will help assure the buyer that the building is safe and also not have to pay for future works.

Many sellers of flats leave this to the last minute, but an inspection and writing a report can rarely be done with six hours notice (One recent request!). Sellers should have the fire risk assessment carried out a month or so in advance. This allows time for the inspections, report writing and carry out any remedial works required.

Landlords duties

Just like employers, landlords have legal fire safety duties and must protect their building and their occupants. It is not just a case of having extinguishers; it is also about reducing fire risk.

Landlords are required to carry out an assessment in all parts of their building, this helps look for hazards and who is at risk. Furthermore, an assessment shows what needs to be done to remove risks.

Landlords must have at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their building. They also need a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel appliance. The landlord must make sure that these work at the start when a new tenant moves in.

There are also responsibilities on buildings that have no landlord. For example, a building with four flats and a common area. The four owners are all joint “responsible persons” and must meet legal requirements and maintain them.

For details of our fire risk assessments in residential buildings either call or email our team.